Ballroom Classroom programs bring ballroom dance to children in public, private and charter schools. The Executive Director of the Arizona Lindy Hop Society, Steve Conrad, is a certified Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms, trained by Pierre Dulaine, and has expanded the material to include more dances from the Big Band era including more Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston, the Shim Sham line dance, and more.
Our program addresses the artistic performance and cultural heritage of the American Ballroom social dance forms of the Waltz, Rumba, Tango, Merengue, Foxtrot, Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and several line dances. As the students learn the unique elements of each dance form they are fully engaged. Students explore physical expressiveness through body posture, rhythmic execution of the steps, and isolation of body parts while simultaneously developing a cooperative, supportive relationship with their dancing partner.
We engage students in dance while incorporating Writing, Art, Social Studies, History, Math, Character and Teamwork, and much more!
Ballroom Classroom is designed to increase student awareness of other cultures, increase student social skills, increase student self-esteem, improve student perception of school, increase student physical exercise levels and decrease student behavior management difficulties.
Funding can come from:
Arts-in-Education, Social Development, Title 1 Funding, Century 21 after-school programs, Tax-credits for extra-curricular activities, Social & Emotional Learning, Anti-bullying funding, Childhood Obesity, Gang/Violence Prevention, Early Intervention Mental Health.
New research demonstrates that dance during the school day helps students learn in a research project conducted by the University of Maryland, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Educators Association. “The Evidence Report shows that incorporating dance into the curriculum can, among other benefits, improve student test scores, lower drop out rates, improve learning in other subjects, foster teacher and student morale, and support the learning of under-served populations. In schools where dance programs flourish, students’ attendance rises, teachers are more satisfied, and the overall sense of community grows.” Read the whole study here: Impact_of_Dance_in_Elementary_Schools and the press release about the study here: Dance_in_schools_Study_Press_Release
We have funding available to schools to help pay for the costs of the program.
Please contact us: Steve@AZLindy.com or 602-717-2787